February 2020

The week past  - Our 1st XV recorded a win over Dundee, which sees them maintain a healthy position in what is a very competitive league. We have a very good young squad, which can only get better as they grow in experience. I’d like to add my own thanks to the now retired Callum Wilde.  Callum has given great service to this club over many years now and I wish him well.

Our FOSROC SUPER 6 Southern Knights completed the double with an excellent bonus point win over Boroughmuir Bears, recording the highest score thus far in the league. An excellent entertaining game, which will surely attract crowds to the Greenyards.

The Week Ahead

Our 1st XV squad will travel to Kelso to fulfil the fixture postponed on 30th November.  Grant Hogg and I look forward to meeting Kelso President Wullie Mallen and his committee. Poynder Park is always a friendly venue for us and we look forward to an entertaining game.

Sunday sees us travel farther afield to support the Knights as they take on Ayrshire Bulls. Millbrae Park is never an easy venue but given the recent good form I’m cautiously optimistic.


January 2020

The Week Past

What a week! Graeme Burgess and I enjoyed the kind hospitality from Boroughmuir Bears President Stevie Douglas, but more importantly, along with our loyal supporters we witnessed a very good performance from the Southern Knights to secure a bonus point win. The great effort from the players and coaches got the just reward of 5 points in very difficult conditions.

I travelled to Ayr the next day on the player’s bus in the company of Jonno and Bill Noble.  The rapport they have with the players is quite inspirational as was the on-field performance.  The muddy pitch did nothing to spoil what was an exciting game of rugby, producing another bonus point win.

The third game of the week-end I took in, played on Sunday, saw our U16 side display great fighting quality against a very strong Boroughmuir side in the quarter final of the National Youth Cup. A defeat in the end, but no lack of effort or commitment and plenty positive points to reflect on.

The Week Ahead

This Saturday (18th) sees our Wasps team travel the short distance to Gala for a Borders Warrior Conference fixture against Gala Wanderers for a 14:00 Kick off. I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating that the Wasps play an exciting brand of rugby and have a loyal support base.  We wish them well.

Our 1st XV play hosts to Dundee, and I look forward to welcoming president Gerry Tosh and his committee for a 1500 kick off.  We will not take them lightly in spite of their position in the league, they will be shown every respect I am sure. Our referee will be Gordi Reid (and yes I checked the spelling too)

The Southern Knights take on Boroughmuir Bears for the second week in a row and a similar result would be most welcome.  This televised match kicks off at 14:00 and our referee will be Finlay Brown.


December 2019

Greetings from the Greenyards.

Thanks to all for the good wishes while I recover from the ‘flu, and thanks to Grant for standing in for me last Saturday.

The pensioner party went well and our dwindling band of volunteers performed heroics to organise the event and make it a success.

Our Melrose Rugby side triumphed in a thrilling victory over Boroughmuir, with Jack Dobbie a popular choice for player of the match.

Looking forward to Boxing Day, we have a double bill with a Storm side taking on Gala 2nds at 12:30, and our 1st XV contesting a Border League fixture, and competing for the Waverley Cup against Gala 1sts at 15:00.  There is Curry for sale and a disco in the evening so the Greenyards is the place to be.

Merry Christmas

Greetings from the Greenyards.


Last week-end saw more disappointing results, although there was no lack of effort. This Saturday the Southern Knights take a break while our Melrose 1st XV play Boroughmuir at the Greenyards, with a 15:00 kick off. It’s proving to be a testing season for such a young side, many of whom have just stepped up from the U18 Wasps but they currently sit in 4th place in a very competitive league, so come along and cheer them on. Our referee for the fixture is Gregor McIntosh with Jim Fleming as PR

Saturday sees us hosting the annual pensioners’ party in the Ned Haig room following the game, and our band of volunteers have worked hard to make this event a success.



Greetings from the Greenyards.

Last Saturday saw us on the wrong end of 3 defeats at home, although the Knights have an immediate chance to rectify matters as they travel to Goldenacre to seek retribution. This fixture has a 14:00 kick off. Our 1st XV also travel to Edinburgh to play Watsonians in a fixture kicking off at 15:00.  The U18 Wasps play hosts to Stirling County U18 with a 14:00 K.O.  The Wasps play an attractive brand of rugby and have their own support base within the club, so if you don’t want to travel to Edinburgh why not watch the stars of the future.  14:00 K.O.

Saturday past saw a successful past presidents, past players and coaches lunch.  The well-attended event saw a real buzz around the club. Jolly boy Eric and Pussy Bell gave entertaining and informative speeches, whilst special mention must go to Keith Robertson for pulling the event together.


Greetings from the Greenyards.


Last Saturday saw a number of frost postponed fixtures across Scotland, leaving us somewhat frustrated.  This Saturday coming (7th) we have a “double Header” with our 1st XV against Heriots Blues at 14:00, and the Southern Knights V Heriots Rugby kicking off 16:30.  This is where our new pitch really pays dividends.

Saturday will be a busy day at the Greenyards with 2 excellent games under floodlights and a former players, past presidents and coaches’ lunch.

Please come along and enjoy the fun.


November 2019


Greetings from the Greenyards.

A convincing bonus point win for our 1st XV lifted the spirits on a cold wet afternoon. A scintillating display of power and pace made for a very exciting victory over a formidable Highland side who left their ground at 07:30 a.m. to make the journey south. This Saturday our 1st XV side travel to Netherdale for what will no doubt be a hard fought contest. (15:00 K.O.)

Our Southern Knights showed great fighting spirit and character to overturn a significant deficit and earn a well-deserved draw against Stirling at Bridgehaugh. The Knights return to the Greenyards on Saturday to face the Ayrshire Bulls in a fixture both sides are sure to relish. (17:30 K.O.)

Saturday is Ladies day at the Greenyards with festivities commencing at 13:30. Tickets are selling fast for what is always a very popular event so please book soon or risk disappointment.


September 2019

Tuesday 17 September 2019 

Early days yet, but 2 games played and 2 bonus point wins is an excellent start to the season.  I’ve received a lot of positive feedback from supporters who tell me how much they enjoy watching a young team playing an exciting brand of rugby.

I’d like to record my thanks to Heriots president Colin McCallum for the excellent hospitality and the finest steak pie I’ve enjoyed for a long time!

I look forward to entertaining our guests from Watsonians on Saturday for our 2nd visit to Annay Road. Our fixture there a couple of weeks ago was a success both on and off the field. The youngsters playing before the senior fixture made for an excellent family atmosphere.

It will be good to see my fishing guru and Melrose “old boy” (if I may call him that) Bruce Ruthven, who I’m sure will be a great asset to his new club.

Please enjoy the game.

Start of a new era

Tuesday 3 September 2019

Good day, and welcome to our first home fixture of the season.

It is a great honour to be appointed president of Melrose Rugby at such an exciting time in the club’s history.

We face Kelso today in what promises to be a tough encounter at our Annay Road ground while the new pitch is being prepared.

I believe we have a good squad of players, containing some great young prospects and some older more experienced campaigners to keep them on the right path.

Stuart Johnson will be ably assisted by Colin Meager and I have no doubt that Captain Richard Ferguson will lead from the front.

Enjoy the game.

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